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The Original Leads of the Temptations (1992)



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Credited cast:
Dennis Edwards ... Himself
Lola Falana ... Herself
Daryl Hall ... Himself
Damon Harris Damon Harris ... Himself
Eddie Kendricks Eddie Kendricks ... Himself
Arthel Neville ... Herself - Host
Martha Reeves ... Herself
David Ruffin David Ruffin ... Himself (archive footage)
Barrett Strong Barrett Strong ... Himself
Mary Wilson ... Herself
Stevie Wonder ... Himself


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1992 (USA) See more »

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A Must-See for Any Temptations Fan
20 October 2007 | by smrhyne-1See all my reviews

I loved this video! It's a moving, touching, often funny tribute to two of the greatest singers ever: David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks.It opens with a scene from David's funeral, but it is primarily upbeat. There are interviews with David, Eddie and Dennis Edwards as well as Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Daryl Hall and others. The June 1992 interviews with Eddie were especially touching because he had been diagnosed with lung cancer by then. In fact, he died four months later. It was sad to see him looking so frail. But he showed no signs of anger or bitterness. He exhibited the same elegance, grace and style that he always had. I was really touched when he said that there's no point making the people around you sad. But overall, it was great fun to watch. He, David, Dennis, Mary Wilson and Martha Reeves seemed to have a genuine love and regard for each other. The street corner a capella harmonies with David, Eddie and Dennis are pure gold. Even though they must have sung those songs hundreds and hundreds of times, they seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. One funny moment occurs when Eddie is standing outside by himself singing "The Way You Do the Things You Do" when a pigeon (obviously not impressed by Eddie) walks by and relieves himself. I guess the pigeon didn't know that he was in the presence of greatness. Scenes such as that and the backstage scenes make this video priceless. It features David, Eddie and Dennis's post-Temptation performances plus their performance with Hall and Oates at the Apollo. Another treat is the performances by the Dramatics singing the Tempts songs. These guys are great and have an obvious love and admiration for the Temptations. One highlight is when they sing "Dream Come True", a beautiful moving tribute to Eddie. The scene on the street where a fan asks Eddie for his autograph took me back to the night when my friend and I chased him down to get an autograph. He was just as gracious to her as he was to us years earlier. I can't say enough good things about this video. The only thing missing was a tribute to Paul. It's no longer available from Amazon, but I managed to find it on VHS at Street Gold Records.

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